AI Generated Images

AI image generation prompt examples

Endless opportunities to create images, but you don’t know where to start? Here we give you beautiful prompt examples and a quick guide on “how to talk” to image creation AI.

The best image generation prompt structure example

You need three ingredients, in most cases.


What do you see?
Details and Surrounding

What about that?
Style, Artist(s), Media Type(s) 

How does it look?

For example:

“A turtle - swimming underwater, - expressionist painting.”

Turning into:

Generating AI images in 3 quick and easy steps

1. Come up with an idea

Let your creative juices flow and think of what kind of picture you want to generate. However, be aware of the limitations that AI still has when it comes to image generation.

2. Type in your text prompt

Describe the image that you want to generate in a short and precise sentence. Be specific and detailed when describing the picture and use a concrete structure and language as we’ve demonstrated above. Here is a helpful guide on how to coax the best results out of an AI image generator. 

3. Generate and download your AI image

At last all you need to do is download the AI generated images that you like the best. You can save them on your computer and use them however you please. Maybe you need a unique picture for your blog post or an image for your product. It is completely up to you how you want to use these images.


Here are some frequently asked questions surrounding the topic of AI generated images: 

1. What are AI generated images and how are they made?

AI images are pictures generated through artificial intelligence technology. Basically, images are created digitally from scratch. All the user needs to do is type in a text prompt that describes the desired image. AI algorithms can create original, high quality images by combining and altering existing images. Neural networks can be used to create images that mimic the style of a particular artist or to create images or videos that are similar to a particular type of art.

2. Are AI generated images copyright free?

This is a difficult question to answer, as copyright law varies from country to country. In general, however, it is safe to say that AI generated images are not automatically copyright restricted. Under US and German copyright law, for example, AI generated images are technically not subject to copyright protection due to a lack of human involvement and creativity.

3. What is the basis for AI generated images?

The artificial intelligence is trained in a neural network before it can successfully turn text input into images. The way most companies are training machine learning algorithms is through real photos that already exists on the internet. 

4. What can I create? What works? What are the limits?

Ai generated images are potentially limitless. You can create all kinds of objects, living beings and creatures in different scenes and different styles from photorealistic to paintings. However, as of right now, the technology still has some limits: 

  • The images that are generated have social biases and do not always represent the diversity of society in aspects such as nationality, skin color, sexuality, gender and religion.
  • There are difficulties in representing details in complex scenes.
  • Text to image generators currently often fail to generate understandable texts in the images.
  • There are problems with assigning the correct physical attributes to objects in an image.
  • Text to image generators can only be used with English text prompts and do not work accurately with German descriptions. 
  • Text to image generators are based on a limited database that intentionally excludes certain subject areas such as firearms, sexuality, etc., so you can't generate images within those categories. 
  • There are problems with generating faces when you create an image that has multiple people in it. The faces look distorted and not human.  

5. Can I download the AI generated images in other dimensions?

You can use an image converter online or a photo editing software to change the dimension of the AI generated image after you’ve downloaded it. 

6. What can AI generated images be used for? 

AI generated images can be used in a variety of ways. Some possible applications include: 

  • generating realistic images for computer graphics applications
  • creating art
  • creating ideas for landing page designs
  • creating original images for blog posts
  • generating images for product marketing or advertising 
  • creating training data for machine learning algorithms

7. Why does the text prompt have to be in English? 

Currently, AI image technology only understands English texts prompts and input. This will very likely change in the future, however, until it does, you can make use of free online translator tools like DeepL to translate your prompts.  

Subject of your imagination

When imagining what you want to see, keep in mind that concrete things are easier to depict for the AI than abstract words. Therefore, prompting with concrete words gives you more predictable images.

Concrete words examples: microscope, cellphone, tree, camcorder, ketchup, bird, tractor, bike, mule, seagull, spaghetti, cage, ball, peacock, pitchfork, tire, tomato, mousetrap, lantern, axe, bug, sled, plank, bagel, carton, firetruck, tiramisu, crawfish, eagle, umbrella, cupcake

Concrete words = All images depict the concrete thing (a microscope)

Abstract words on the other hand will give you more varied results. 

Abstract words examples: hope, progressive, sainted, adequate, sufficient, reality, faithfulness, sensation, intend, likability, agnosticism, controllability, determinate, dignify, standpoint, imperative, absurd

Abstract words = various things are shown (balloons, face, floating sword?, clouds etc.)

Write positive prompts - i.e. describe what should exist, not what is missing

Problem: “A man without a beard” will produce a bearded man, because the AI takes things literally. If something is in the prompt, it is more likely to image it. Thus, write “a cleanly shaved man” for images with predictably clean shaven men.

Explanation:the AI was trained on images and caption pairs, which would almost always mention what's on the picture, and almost never what is missing.

Details and Surrounding

Your subject can be somewhere, do something or have a special quality.

Our Turtle maybe swimming underwater around some colorful corals. Thus, “A turtle swimming underwater near colorful corals, expressionist painting.” gives us this

But lookout for problems when you start adding propositions and relationships.

The prompt: “A turtle following a metal anchor to the bottom of the sea, expressionist painting.” produces this:

Ouch, this is clearly not what we were looking for.

Getting relationships right is a major challenge for the AI. Because the AI doesn’t always “get”, how things are connected.

You can now either iterate the description. Change the order of the words, repeat elements or add more objects that one would see at the bottom at the sea and on the anchor.

Or, you can use the style of the painting to help with the direction. 

Style, Artist(s), Media Type(s)

We can fix our turtle’s journey by adding artist names and style descriptions, which may aid the theme of the image.

Prompt: “A turtle following a metal anchor to the bottom of the sea, fantasy, painting by greg rutkowski and alphonse mucha”

Note, that the prompt now includes a genre “fantasy” the medium “painting” and two artist names “greg rutkowski” and “alphonse much“. The resulting image is much closer to our intended image description and looks more refined overall.

Why did this work? Maybe the earlier used words “impressionist painting” referred to artwork and artists which drew turtles, doing other things than going after anchors.

Interestingly, generated images can become really beautiful when you add more information about resolution and evaluation outcome.

For your convenience, here are a number of styles, artists and mediums to try, which can positively influence your results. Big thanks and credit to LiviaTheodora (Link) for collecting many of these style in a helpful Gdoc here.

Art styles: abstract, Abstract expressionism, Academism, American realism, anime, Art deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, atompunk, Baroque, Bauhaus, biopunk, classical realism, clockpunk, concept art, Cubism, cybernoir, cyberpunk, dark fantasy, decopunk, dieselpunk, digital art, Expressionism, fantasy realism, flowerpunk, fine art, forestpunk, Futurism, Gothic, Harlem Renaissance, high fantasy, Impressionism, installation art, manga, modern art, modernism, neoclassical, neo-Impressionism, new realism, Op Art, photorealism, pixel art, Pop Art, post-Impressionism, postmodernism, precisionism, realism, Rococo, Romanticism, socialist realism, steampunk, surrealism, synthwave

Paint types: acrylic paint, airbrush, canvas, cave art, Chinese painting, coffee paint, color field painting, dripping paint, fine art, glass paint, gouache, graffitti, hard edge painting, hydrodipped, mural, oil on canvas, oil paint, painting, paper-marbling, puffy paint, rock art, scroll painting, splatter paint, spray paint, still-life, street art, tempera paint, Tibetan painting, watercolor, wet paint

Print Styles: advertisement, aquatint, banner, barcode, block printing, blueprint, booklet, business card, collage, coloring book, comic book, cyanotype, election photo, election poster, etching, graphic novel, halftone, illuminated manuscript, illustrated-booklet, instruction manual, intaglio, linocut, lithograph, logo, magazine, "Magic the Gathering" card, manuscript, map, mezzotint, mono printing, movie poster, newspaper, newsprint, photocollage, photograph, postage stamp, poster, product photo, propaganda poster, QR code, schematic, signage, silver gelatin, sticker, storyboard, storybook illustration, tarot card, ukiyo-e, visual novel, wall decal, woodblock print

Adjectives: alien, ancient, angelic, angry, anxious, athletic, award-winning, basic, beautiful, chaotic, cheerful, clean, cold, colorful, confusing, cozy, creepy, cute, depressing, detailed, dirty, disgusting, dreamy, dry, ecstatic, elderly, ethereal, evil, excited, expensive, fancy, fat, flat, flat design, flat shading, fluffy, friendly, furry, fuzzy, gloomy, good, gorgeous, greeble, hairy, happy, highly detailed, huge, hyperrealistic, impossible, incoherent, intricate, intricate maximalist, joyful, large, lonely, lucid, luminous, massive, massive scale, mature, mellow, micro, mini, minimalist, moody, morbid, mottled, muted, nano, nervous, OCD, old, ornate, otherworldly, photorealistic, plain, powerful, pretty, priceless, psychedelic, quiet, rainy, realistic, refreshing, sad, simple, sinister, sleepy, smooth, spooky, strong, surface detail

Lighting: accent lighting, afternoon, artifical lighting, backlighting, beautiful lighting, blue hour, bright lighting, lit by candlelight, Christmas lights, cinematic lighting, colorful lighting, contre-jour, crepuscular rays, dark lighting, dawn, daylight, daytime, dim lighting, dramatic lighting, dusk, evening, film noir lighting, lit by firelight, flickering light, floodlight, fluorescent light, front lighting, global illumination, golden hour, halfrear lighting, halogen light, hard lighting, high key lighting, incandescent light, low key lighting, low lighting, moody lighting, morning, natural lighting, nighttime, noon, portrait lighting, ray tracing, ray tracing global illumination, rays of light, rays of shimmering light, realistic lighting, Rembrandt lighting, rim lighting, silhouette lighting, soft lighting, split lighting, spotlight, studio lighting, sunlight, sunrise, sunset, twilight, ultraviolet light, volumetric lighting, Xray

Time periods: ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, antique, Assyrian Empire, Aztec, Babylonian Empire, Benin Kingdom, Bronze Age, Byzantine Empire, Carolingian, Dark Ages, Edwardian, Elizabethan, Georgian, Gilded Age, Great Depression, Heian Period, Incan, Industrial Revolution, Iron Age, Maori, Mayan, medieval, Meiji Period, midcentury, Middle Ages, Ming Dynasty, Minoan, modern, Moorish, Mughal Era, Nasrid, Navajo, Neolithic, Olmec, Ottoman Empire, Paleolithic, Persian Empire, pre-Columbian, prehistoric, Qing Dynasty, Regency, Renaissance, retro, Shang Dynasty, Songhai, Stone Age, Sumerian, Tokugawa Shogunate, Tudor, Victorian, Viking, World War I, World War II, Zhou Dynasty, Zuni-Pueblo, 1100s, etc.

Decorative Art: 3D print, amigurumi, applique, balloon modelling, balloon twisting, bas-relief, beadwork, blown glass, bone china, carved, carved ivory, carved lacquer, carving, chip-carving, claymation, cloisonne, crochet, cross stitch, diorama, embroidery, enameling, felting, fretwork, glass mosaic, ice-carving, impressionist mosaic, inlaid, intarsia, jigsaw puzzle, crochet, lacquer, lampwork, latte art, leather carving, leatherwork, marble, marquetry, micromosaic, miniature painting, modular origami, mosaic, needlework, origami, paper model, papercutting, papier-mache, photographic mosaic, Pietra dura, porcelain, pottery, puppet, puzzle, pysanky, quillwork, quilted, relief-carving, repousse, rigid origami, sand art, scrimshaw, sculpture, stained glass, statue, string-art, tapestry, tattoo, tattoo art, Venetian glass, weaving, wet-folding, whittling, wood-burning

Rendering techniques: 3D model, 3ds Max, 500px, Arnold render, ArtStation, Blender Render, CGsociety, Cinema4D Render, CryEngine, Cycles Render, Daz 3D, DeviantArt, DirectX Render, Doughy Render, Houdini Render, Infini-D Render, KitBash3D, Luxcore Render, Marvelous Designer, MentalRay Render, OctaneRender, Optix Render, Photobashed, Photoshop, physically based render, Pixia, Quixel Megascans, Raylectron Render, Redshift Render, Sketchfab, Substance 3D, Terragen, Unreal Engine, Vray Render, Weta Digital, Zbrush Render

Photography Styles: daguerreotype, tintype, film negative, Tri-X, Kodachrome, slide film, portra 800, Natura 1600, ilford delta 3200, polaroid, hasselblad, double exposure, multiple exposure, large format camera, wide angle lens, fisheye lens, tilt shift lens, anamorphic, lensbaby, telephoto, prime lens, f1.8, f2.8, f4, f11, f16, photoshoot, commercial, thermographic, x-ray, infrared

Artists: William Logsdail, Beatrix Potter, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Corben, Michaelangelo, Gerhard Richter, Bjarke Ingels, John Berkey, George Inness, Peter Andrew Jones, J.M.W. Turner, Todd McFarlane, Caravaggio, Atey Ghailan, Hirohiko Araki, Huang Guangjian, Ray Caesar, Takeshi Obata, Antoine Blanchard, Diego Velázquez, Romero Britto, Guido Borelli da Caluso, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Nele Zirnite, Bob Ross, Zdzislaw Beksinski, Glen Fabry, Jane Graverol, Krenz Cushart

Colors: black, silver, gray, white, maroon, red, purple, fuchsia, green, lime, olive, yellow, navy, blue, teal, aqua

Common phrases that can boost your results: masterpiece, trending on artstation, trending on pixiv, vivid, vibrant, geometric, intricate, high quality, detailed

15 Prompt examples to try right now

The goddess of chaos intricate elegant, highly detailed, digital painting, artstation, concept art, smooth, sharp focus, illustration, art by artgerm and greg rutkowski and alphonse mucha, heavily influenced by frank frazetta and boris vallejo

Realistic portrait of a woman with thin gold roses, intricate, elegant, highly detailed, wonderful eyes, sweet, digital painting, artstation, concept art, smooth, sharp focus, illustration, art by artgerm and greg rutkowski and alphonse mucha and williamadolphe bouguereau

Dwarf sniper, detailed lighting, high quality, sharp focus, intricate, digital art, artstation

magnificent baroque city floating in air, beautiful, surreal, highly detailed, sharp focus, sunset, by artgerm, cgsociety

beautiful ocean, pirate ship, natural lighting, mm photography, highly detailed, K, artgerm, sharp focus, cgsociety, cool lighting

beautiful anime girl, hourglass slim figure, techwear hakama, black hair, body portrait, slight smile, highly detailed, digital painting, artstation, concept art, sharp focus, illustration, art by wlop and greg rutkowski and alphonse mucha and artgerm

hyperrealistic dslr film still of an actor with a mustache, stunningk octane comprehensived render, inspired by istvan sandorfigreg rutkowskiunreal engine, perfect symmetry, dim volumetric cinematic lighting, extremely hyperdetailed, incredibly real lifelike attributesflesh texture, intricate, masterpiece, artstation, stunning

portrait of rugged male ranger dd muscular fantasy intricate elegant headshot portrait detailed face coherent face highly detailed digital painting artstation concept art smooth sharp focus illustration art by artgerm and greg rutkowski and alphonse mucha

oil painting close up portrait of a contemplative young norwegian woman with very long dark flowing hair in a dress made of white roses at sunset, hazy, digital art, chiaroscuro, artstation, cinematic, golden hour, digital art painting by greg rutkowski, williamadolphe bouguereau, hazy atmosphere, cinematic lighting

evil ai, neuromancer, painted by stanley lau, painted by greg rutkowski, painted by stanley artgerm, digital art, trending on artstation

a curious phoenix watching a wizard study magic in a mages workshop, soft lighting, mythical phoenix, digital art trending on artstation

concept art of a jungle path leading to tree of life, religious, in the style of fenghua zhong and ruan jia and jeremy lipking and peter mohrbacher, mystical colors, rim light, beautiful lighting,k, stunning scene, raytracing, octane, trending on artstation

a stunning and noble highly detailed romantic period style portrait of mansa musa by charles sillem lidderdale, trending on artstation, oil painting masterpiece, symmetry, mysterious, very very very aesthetic, african iconography

a drawing of a house with a lot of windows, concept art by toriyama sekien, pixiv, maximalism, concept art, official art, maximalist

epic professional digital art of a big monster, best on artstation, cgsociety, wlop, Behance, pixiv, astonishing, impressive, outstanding, epic, cinematic, stunning, gorgeous, much detail, much wow, masterpiece

Credit for the prompts goes to users from

How can you make money with neuroflash’s AI generated images and use it for your business?

  • Low-content books
  • Covers for books, songs, comics, e-books, …
  • Illustrations for bedtime stories, books, comics…
  • Print on demand images or post cards
  • Easy stock images for blogs (e.g. food blogs)
  • NFTs
  • Presentations & Slide decks
  • Images for social media posts, Newsletters
  • Inspirations for landingpage designs, product designs

Find even more information on AI generated images on our blog!

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